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This Week in Sex: Magical Thinking About Pregnancy, Home Herpes Testing, and Mr. Balls

Senhor Testiculo, or Mr. Balls

This week, a new study finds many young women who experienced an unintended pregnancy thought it couldn’t happen to them, a home STD test might provide false reassurance, and Mr. Balls reminds us about testicular cancer.

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New Survey Reveals Providers Not Doing Enough to Educate Women on Birth Control Options

A new survey from the American College of Nurse-Midwives found that women don’t feel confident in their own knowledge about contraception, and in fact don’t know a lot about the methods that are available.

A new survey from the American College of Nurse-Midwives found that women don’t feel confident in their own knowledge about contraception and, in fact, don’t know a lot about the methods that are available.

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Does the Pill Make You Depressed? A New Study Says No But Some Experts Disagree

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

Though many women have said that hormonal contraceptive methods affect their mood, research has shown mixed results. A new study found that young women using the birth control pill and other hormonal methods were no more likely to be depressed than other young women. Other experts, however, are skeptical of the study’s approach and results.

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Morning Roundup: Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies by Providing a Year of Contraception

Draft regulations in the UK aim to tell women the truth about abortion, Medicaid-covered midwifery in Idaho, the Pope talks to doctors instead of women, Wyoming rejects mandatory ultrasound bill, and dramatic reductions in unplanned pregnancies by giving women a year of birth control at a time. 

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Afternoon Roundup: Washington DC Proposes Cutting Out the ‘Middle-Man’ For Birth Control Access

Washington DC proposes birth control from pharmacists without a prescription; newly-created UN Women director speaks at the opening session of Commission on the Status of Women; GOP budget slashes foreign aid for HIV/AIDS programs and AIDS advocates say it will mean the loss of babies’ lives; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a physician who provided abortions turned passionate-anti-legal-abortion-advocate dies.

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Afternoon Roundup: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Signed Into Law!

Congratulations to our Gay and Lesbian servicemembers today – and to all Americans who believe in justice for all – as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal is signed into law; it’s not really those birth control pills which are responsible for increased estrogen in our water supply; and a Colorado physician is in hot water over a prescription for medical marijuana for a pregnant woman.

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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we’re at risk of contracting HIV?

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Roundup: Prop 8 – Some Things Change, But Most Stay the Same

A Mormon Elder apologizes for the pain Prop 8 has caused, while states and “family” orgnanizations sign on to briefs that urge the marriage ban to continue. Plus – should there be folic acid in your birth control pill?

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“28 Days On The Pill:” A Growing Schism in the Anti-Choice Movement

An anti-contraception documentary reveals a widening disagreement within the anti-choice movement over the use of birth control.

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Roundup: Birth Control Not Preventive Medicine

Healthcare reform seems to be lacking for women, especially now that birth control is not considered preventive medicine.

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